Following the 2014 release of Lacey Sturm‘s widely praised debut book, “The Reason”, the former FLYLEAF singer has announced another deeply personal memoir, “The Mystery: Finding True Love In A World Of Broken Lovers” . Due on October 4 from Baker Books, the book touches on the topics of love, relationships, divorce, depression and suicide, inspired by Sturm‘s own experiences. Continue reading Former FLYLEAF Singer LACEY STURM To Release ‘The Mystery’ Book In October
In the brand new issue of Revolver magazine FLYLEAF singer Kristen May was asked how she dealt with the torrent of abuse directed at her on the Internet by some of the band’s fans when she was first announced as the new FLYLEAF vocalist.
“I had a feeling there would be some backlash because I’m a different singer than [former FLYLEAF singer] Lacey [Sturm],” she said. “I don’t scream — I’m more pop-oriented, more melodic. That’s important to me in my songwriting. But what I realized is that it wasn’t so much about me or what I was doing — it was that they connected so much with Lacey that it didn’t matter who came in. The band could’ve hired Beyonce and people still wouldn’t have been happy. So when I put myself in the shoes of someone who’s been a fan of a band for eight years and then having someone else come in, I’m sure I would feel taken aback, too. Now, would I go on the Internet and be mean? I wouldn’t, but that’s just not my style. There were a couple of times when I responded to people, but nothing ugly. I didn’t tell anyone they should also die. [Laughs]”
Regarding whether being Christian was a prerequisite for joining FLYLEAF, Kristen said: “Maybe that was something in the back of their minds that was important to them, but they never asked me if I was a Christian. But yes, Lacey was Christian and all the guys, their faith is very important to them — and we all express our faith in different ways. I’m a Christian, but I’ve already gotten backlash from many FLYLEAF followers that I’m not Christian enough because I drink wine or do yoga and that’s against God.”
FLYLEAF‘s fourth studio album, “Between The Stars”, sold 8,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records.
“Between The Stars” was recorded over a four-week period at a Los Angeles studio with producer extraordinaire Don Gilmore (PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE).
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Former FLYLEAF singer Lacey Sturm, who has just released her memoir, “The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living”, through Baker Books, has been collaborating with outside writers on material for a possible solo album. She tells About.com Heavy Metal: “We’ve been writing. We’ve got over thirty songs that we’ve written with a couple of our friends that are really cool rock songs. We’re not really sure how it’s going to play out.
“I got to work with David Hodges, who used to be in EVANESCENCE, on some songs. He’s written a ton of songs with a lot of female artists like Kelly Clarkson and Christina Perri. We’ve written some amazing songs, some of my favorite stuff that I’ve done.
“My favorite thing about music is that it tells a story. You can hear the message without having to understand the words. I love that so much. To find music that’s cinematic in a way that goes with the words and the message I think is my main goal. It just naturally comes out of me and sounds like rock music.
“I’m open to wherever it might go. I really want it to be accessible to as big an audience as it can be. At the same time I know when we get on stage it’s going to be heavy rock, because I don’t know how to do anything else.
Asked if there are any plans of releasing an album or signing with a label, Lacey said: “We are supposed to have meetings with the record label and see where things are going to go. Octone, the indie label I was on, sold their company to Universal. Universal is such a big umbrella, I think we’re just trying to figure out where the best place for us would be in that system. We’re going up there with our demos to see what’s going to happen.”
Sturm recently opened up about some of the reasons why she quit FLYLEAF in the fall of 2012, shortly before the release of the band’s third album, “New Horizons”. Speaking in a video to promote her new memoir, Sturm said that several events, including getting married, having a baby and enduring the death of the band’s sound engineer Rich Caldwell changed her priorities.
Sturm explained: “The one that hit the hardest was the death of our sound engineer. We did one last show with FLYLEAF as a benefit for his wife Katy and their son Kirby. And it was really hard to do a show without him, and it was really hard to think it could be our last show. So I remember looking at my son after Rich had passed and just wondering to myself, if this was the last year I had with my son, how would I spend it?”
Sturm added: “It was really amazing to recognize this season changing in my life and the freedom that I was gonna be able to focus on my family. And I’m so thankful for that time. And although it was really hard, I’m thankful. And that’s the reason I stepped down from FLYLEAF.”
FLYLEAF recruited singer Kristen May as Sturm‘s replacement and released its fourth album, “Between The Stars”, on September 16. The first single is called “Set Me On Fire”.